A piece of paper is not only a piece of paper: it is a space to be inhabited and to which to give shapes.
The Physical Map of the Earth is a collection of ten photographs of imaginary territories that evoke the geography of the terrestrial soil. The center of the work is an inverted process: the real data are not the basis of the representation. The key point is the construction of an a priori symbolism through which one can imagine reality.
The images are the result of the creasing of transparent, tracing, paper. Each sheet is creased and subsequently flattened with different techniques that each time produce different geometries. The new landscapes, escaping immediately recongisable shapes, open up to a universe of interpretations. The act of photographing them gives these sheets the freedom to be interpreted as mountains as well as stars depending on how we decide to look at them and name them.
In particular, to name them becomes a fundamental action of appropriation as it brings these shapes to life and it makes them recognisable among others.
This work is a sort of a fantastic cosmography. A “journey within signs” where the evoked images pertain to a space which is both distant as well as known and codified, as it is linked to the memory of the experience of the real.